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Submissions should be made electronically through this website. Once submitted, the author can track the submission and communicate with the editors via the online journal management system.
Please ensure that you consider the following guidelines when preparing your manuscript. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your submission.
Submissions of Research papers should aim at 5000 - 10000 words including references, but longer papers are accepted if motivated by the content and character of the study. A Research note should be no more than 4000 words, whereas a commentary can be no more than 2000 words. These limits include all referencing and citation. All Research submissions must include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Abstracts for Commentary submissions are optional.
Information provided online as part of the submission process
The names of all authors, affiliations, contact details, biography (optional) and the corresponding author details must be completed online as part of the submission process.
Author names should include a forename and a surname. Forenames cannot include only initials.
The affiliation should ideally include ‘Department, Institution, City, Country’, however only the Institution and Country are mandatory.
All authors must qualify according to the guidelines available here.
In your online submission you should include the following:
In this cover letter, please suggest up to three reviewers for the manuscript. The Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology follows the guidelines from Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) Accordingly, suggested reviewers shall have relevant competence about the research area and/or research methods. Additionally, suggested reviewers shall not (1) currently be employed at the same institution as any of the authors or (2) recently (within the past 3 years) have been mentors, mentees, close collaborators or joint grant holders. In the cover letter, please also indicate how the publication costs are covered.
In the cover letter, please also indicate how the publication costs are covered. More information is available at the bottom of this page.
Please upload an extra file as a "Data file" during your submission that contains:
Title of manuscript and names of all authors in the correct order
Any acknowledgements must be headed and in a separate paragraph.
Funding information (if applicable)
Should the research have received a funding grant then the grant provider and grant number should be detailed.
If any of the authors have any competing interests then these must be declared. A short paragraph should be placed before the references. Guidelines for competing interests can be found here. If there are no competing interests to declare then the following statement should be present: The author(s) has/have no competing interests to declare.
A sentence or a short paragraph detailing the roles that each author held to contribute to the authorship of the submission. Individuals listed must fit within the definition of an author, as per our authorship guidelines.
SJWOP conducts a double-blind peer review process. To ensure blind peer review, please only list the title, abstract and keywords on the first page of the manuscript, and ensure that the document is blinded throughout the manuscript and suitable for viewing by reviewers. For example, information about specific ethics boards (as well as application numbers) should be blinded for peer-review, and added in the final version. To ensure blind review, please also conceal references to your previous work until the manuscript is ready for publication. To do so, omit the references which contain one or more authors of the paper, and indicate in the text where citations will be included, by including "citation omitted" in parentheses.
It is also common that information about authors have been saved within a word or pdf document properties. Therefore, please check the properties of your word or pdf document to ensure that no author or co-author name or other identifying information has been saved.
Authors who do not sufficiently blind their documents, may be asked to resubmit their manuscript after properly blinding their document.
Please upload the main document file with all tables and Figures added at the end (after references). Manuscripts should not ordinarily exceed 30 to 35 double-spaced pages. Manuscripts should be prepared following the guidelines by the American Psychological Association (Publication Manual of the APA). For more instructions and a checklist, please see below.
Please prepare an unstructured abstract of no more than 250 words summarising the main arguments and conclusions of the article. This must have the heading ‘Abstract’ and be easily identified from the start of the main text.
A list of up to six key words may be placed below the abstract (optional).
The Abstract and Keywords should also be added to the metadata when making the initial online submission.
The body of the submission should be structured in a logical and easy to follow manner. A clear introduction section should be given that allows non-specialists in the subject an understanding of the publication and a background of the issue(s) involved. Methods, results, discussion and conclusion sections may then follow to clearly detail the information and research being presented.
Up to three level headings may be present and must be clearly identifiable using different font sizes, bold or italics. We suggest using Headings 1, 2 and 3 in MS-Word’s ‘Style’ section.
Tables and Figures.
Please indicate in the main text where you want Tables or Figures to be placed.
Supplementary files (optional)
Any supplementary/additional files that should link to the main publication must be listed, with a corresponding number, title and option description at the end of the manuscript, after all tables and Figures. Ideally the supplementary files are also cited in the main text.
e.g. Supplementary file 1: Appendix. Scientific data related to the experiments.
Note: additional files will not be typeset so they must be provided in their final form. They will be assigned a DOI and linked to from the publication.
Since supplementary files will also be viewed by reviewers, they should also be completely anonymized.
Data availability (if applicable)
If data used in the research project has been made available, a statement should be added to direct the reader on where to access these files.
If data used in the research project has not been made available, a statement confirming this should be added, along with reasoning why.
The journal's data policy is available on the Editorial Policies page.
Ethics and consent (if applicable)
Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data, must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Where applicable, studies must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee and the authors should include a statement within the article text detailing this approval, including the name of the ethics committee and reference number of the approval. The identity of the research subject(s) should be anonymised whenever possible. For research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study must be obtained from participants (or their legal guardian) and added to this statement. If a study involving human subjects/tissue/data was exempt from requiring ethical approval, a confirmation statement from the relevant body should be included within the submission.
Experiments using animals must follow national standards of care. For further information, click here.
This journal uses the APA system as reference format for in-text citations and the reference list. We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote, Reference Manager or Mendeley for reference management and formatting (Publication Manual of the APA).
Please follow APA guidelines (Publication Manual of the APA).
Please follow APA guidelines (Publication Manual of the APA).
Figures, including graphs and diagrams, must be professionally and clearly presented. If a figure is not easy to understand or does not appear to be of a suitable quality, the editor may ask to re-render or omit it.
All figures must be cited within the main text, in consecutive order using Arabic numerals (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.).
Each figure must have an accompanying descriptive main title. This should clearly and concisely summarise the content and/or use of the figure image. A short additional figure legend is optional to offer a further description.
The source of the image should be included, along with any relevant copyright information and a statement of authorisation (if needed).
If your figure file includes text then please present the font as Ariel, Helvetica, or Verdana. This will mean that it matches the typeset text.
NOTE: All figures must be uploaded separately as supplementary files during the submission process, if possible in colour and at a resolution of at least 300dpi. Each file should not be more than 20MB. Standard formats accepted are: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS. For line drawings, please provide the original vector file (e.g. .ai, or .eps).
Tables must be created using a word processor's table function, not tabbed text.
Tables should be included in the manuscript. The final layout will place the tables as close to their first citation as possible.
All tables must be cited within the main text, numbered with Arabic numerals in consecutive order (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, etc.). The shortened word ‘Tab’ should not be used to cite a table.
Each table must have an accompanying descriptive title. This should clearly and concisely summarise the content and/or use of the table. A short additional table legend is optional to offer a further description of the table. The table title and legend should be placed underneath the table.
Tables should not include:
NOTE: If there are more columns than can fit on a single page, then the table will be placed horizontally on the page. If it still can't fit horizontally on a page, the table will be broken into two.
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms. If a submission is rejected or withdrawn prior to publication, all rights return to the author(s):
Submitting to the journal implicitly confirms that all named authors and rights holders have agreed to the above terms of publication. It is the submitting author's responsibility to ensure all authors and relevant institutional bodies have given their agreement at the point of submission.
Note: some institutions require authors to seek written approval in relation to the terms of publication. Should this be required, authors can request a separate licence agreement document from the editorial team (e.g. authors who are Crown employees).
Author processing charges (APC) are currently £525.
Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology is a fully open access journal that also is listed on the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers and in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
For covering the publication fees, we suggest to:
Option 1: Check with your university library whether the APC may be covered or partly funded. This option applies to many Scandinavian authors.
Option 2: You may have project funding to cover open access publication, or you may receive funding from your department or faculty for open access publishing.
Option 3: Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology also is supported by a grant from The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.nos-hs.org/sv_se/). This fund can cover the Author Processing Charges (APC) for authors without any funding. Authors from countries in the developing world or countries in economic transition will be prioritized.
During your submission, please indicate the payment option for your submitted manuscript.